State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently attended Governor Kasich’s signing of House Bill 436, legislation that strives to boost Ohio’s economic development potential and improve the state’s competitiveness through the creation of the SiteOhio certification program.

The program would be created within the Ohio Department of Development to certify and market eligible commercial, industrial and manufacturing sites and facilities. The goal of the program is to meet the site expectations for companies that are looking to locate or expand in Ohio, which will give Ohio a competitive edge in creating jobs.

“In our challenging economy, House Bill 436 provides important tools for Ohio to be more responsive, competitive, and attractive to companies evaluating where they will locate. HB 436 is an important economic development tool for Ohio,” Rep. Grossman said.

“House Bill 436 is a substantive step for Ohio. By certifying and marketing these sites, the Department of Development will attract new businesses and cause Ohio and its municipalities to be known for their excellent business climates and strong economic growth,” Rep. Anielski said.

This fee-for-service program is revenue neutral and would mirror Ohio’s current Job Ready Sites Program, which is currently in its final funding round that terminated at the end of April. Applicants to SiteOhio will finance construction costs, any required studies and infrastructure improvements.

The SiteOhio program will be marketed through JobsOhio and the Department of Development, with the goal of attracting and incorporating companies that have not participated in the past with the Job Ready Sites Program.


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